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sammy5gs

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Mar 11, 2003
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Atlanta, GA
Hey All...

Alright. I have been dealing with my current burner, which is an old Philips CRW800 (32x8x4). It has been doing yeoman's work for the past three years, and I am now contemplating upgrading.

I have my eyes on the Lite-On (52x24x52), and outside of the obvious enhanced speeds on CDR/RW, would there be any other reason to upgrade at this point. I don't do a lot of burning, as my main use is for gaming, but I just wanted to get a clear idea.

Also, I have seen the combo DVD-ROM/CDROM/CDR/CDRW drives out there as well, but I do not watch DVDs on my PC, nor have I seen many games that take advantage of the DVD capabilities.

Any insight would be appreciated.

Thanks!
 

Xevuhtess7

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dude 32x is perfectly fast.... i have had 24x and im still satisfied. my suggestion is to wait until bluelaser becomes a little more mainstream and dvd burner prices drop, get one of those. thats my plan at least. it's pretty much up to you.
 

pik4chu

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I use a 24x and its just fine (well, 24 because the Sony DVD burner writes CD-Rs at 24) but its plenty fast as well..plus finding 52x and 56x CDs are sometimes difficult. If you dont do a lot of burning, then ya, no reason to upgrade
 

AllenSmoker

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Yes 32x is plenty fast, BUT he has an 8x burner without burnproof.

Best bet is to get one of the liteon 52x's at newegg for $50, or catch one of the $10 after rebate sales. Depending on the brand it can be a liteon drive inside.

Or you can wait for other devices to become avalible. Plextor has a 52x32x52 drive that can record 1gb to a standard cdr, and sanyo is bringing out a chipset that can record 1.4 gigs to standard cdr's. Compatibility with older drives varies tho.
 
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sammy5gs

sammy5gs

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Thanks for all the feedback, guys. I apologize for the screw-up of the numbers. I read at 32x, Write at 8x, and Re-Write at 4x.

Again, this is great info. Thanks!!!
 

Xevuhtess7

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AllenSmoker said:
Plextor has a 52x32x52 drive that can record 1gb to a standard cdr, and sanyo is bringing out a chipset that can record 1.4 gigs to standard cdr's. Compatibility with older drives varies tho.

wow i didnt know that. how is that possible? (not to hijack the thread)

and yeah, 8x calls for an upgrade. i'd go with a lite-on from newegg.
 

penquissciguy

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AllenSmoker said:
Yes 32x is plenty fast, BUT he has an 8x burner without burnproof.

Best bet is to get one of the liteon 52x's at newegg for $50, or catch one of the $10 after rebate sales. Depending on the brand it can be a liteon drive inside.

I also have to agree - LiteOn from Newegg is an awful sweet choice. Burn Proof or something similar is a must. The upgrade from my 4x Iomega burner (what a mistake... ) to my 32x LiteOn was certainly a breath of fresh air. Get some nice quality media to go with it (I like Sony and TDK myself), and you'll be happy.

Ken